Your business is up and going and you are finally ready to ship your first LTL or less than truckload shipment. Figuring out your freight class was just the first step in many.
Let's go over the other items you are going to need to get your LTL freight out of the door in order to avoid delays, save you precious hard earned dollars, and make sure your shipment gets to where it needs to safely without harm and most importantly, on time.
The most important thing you need to get your LTL freight moving is the proper shipment documentation. Most often this is referred to as a bill of lading. That bill of lading acts as a contract between the carrier of your choice and yourself. This document is also going to give the driver, carrier and any workers along the process of getting your freight from point a to b vital info they will need. Things like the name and info of the person or company that is getting the LTL freight, the date it was shipped, brief description of the type of package, the dimensions, what the freight class is, it’s estimated value, and the number units being shipped.
The best way to get your LTL freight on its way is to secure it on pallets or inside crates before it gets picked up. Make sure to label it correctly if some of your freight is fragile or hazardous. If part of the shipment is light, place it on the top of the heavier items within the shipment. If recall in one of our previous videos, we talked about how LTL freight is going to pass through many hands. Making sure that things are labeled and packed correctly will reduce the chances of things being damaged or lost.
Now that things are packed nicely and labeled correctly, your LTL freight is ready to set off on its journey. When the LTL carrier arrives to pick up your freight, make sure you have your bill of lading in hand along with any other necessary documentation or information to make things go smoother. Be respectful and mindful of the carriers time. They don’t have all day and will need to get more than just your shipment on their trucks. At most, they might have one to two hours to get your goods loaded, but are no means required to stand around and wait for you. If you don’t have things in order, they might leave and come back the next day, causing delays in the process and most often carriers an additional fee. Something you just cannot afford.
Those are the very basics on how to ship LTL freight. How often do you ship LTL freight? Is it something you have had trouble with in the past? Let me know, sound off in the comments section below. If you liked this video, hit the thumbs up and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more videos like this one so you are in the know on all things shipping and logistics.